Rubbings from a Live Man is a semi-dramatised biography largely performed by the subject himself — legendary theatre actor and director Warwick Broadhead. He recounts his dramatic life story by adopting a number of personas. The collaboration with director Florian Habicht marked a rare time the camera-wary Broadhead performed on screen. He describes his troubled upbringing as a lot of cover-up and pretence. "Then I went into the world of theatre," he says, "which is cover-up and pretence." Broadhead passed away in January 2015, having predesigned a memorable funeral.
A man of epic, soaring, operatic vision.– Sunday Star-Times on Warwick Broadhead
Live Man Films
Made with assistance from the NZ Film Commission
Music composed and produced by Marc Chesterman
Closing credits song 'Show Your Life', composed and performed by Shona Laing
Soundtrack also includes music by Arvo Pärt, and performances by Jeff Henderson